Y’all, this Bachelor in Paradise drama is getting more and more crazy by the day. First Corinne released a statement and said she is a victim of sexual assault and has hired a lawyer. Then, DeMario said his name is being slandered and he is innocent of any wrongdoing. Chad threw himself into the mix (as Chad does) to make some off-color jokes about Robby. Now, Jasmine Goode made a statement to E! News saying that Corinne isn’t a victim but rather, the aggressor. No, really, I promise I can’t make this shit up. Well, given the amount of Law & Order: SVU I watch I guess I could make this shit up, but that’s neither here nor there.
In a statement to E! News, Jasmine said, “Corinne forced herself on three male cast members, when they were unable to consent, in addition to engaging with DeMario. After the incident everything seemed fine. There was no mention about being hurt. However, when producers tried to cut her off from drinking, she got upset and said, ‘Watch, watch what I’m gonna do.'”
Like, holy shit, I am now organizing a search party for Jasmine’s chill, because she clearly has none. Jasmine’s basically saying Corinne assaulted three people, and possibly DeMario? I think I speak for all of us when I say: WHAT THE FUCK. Grab the popcorn, everybody, because shit has officially hit the fan.
Jasmine continued, “The cast is not encouraged or forced to engage in any behaviors or to drink alcohol.” HA! “Producers check in to make sure the cast is comfortable and accommodate to the needs requested.” If by “needs requested” she means “drunk people ordering more margaritas,” then sure, I’m sure the producers do an excellent job.
But wait, there’s (a lot) more. Jasmine also gave a statement to the Daily Mail.
Pop an Adderall Buckle up, because it’s long.
“I was taken back with Corinne’s statement that she’s the victim. That may be the role she plays on the show, but it’s a role. I don’t believe she was a victim or traumatized… Not once did she complain or say she was upset with what happened in the pool with DeMario. She was laughing, having a good time. Even the day after, she was hanging out with DeMario and some other people in the hot tub… She never, ever said one thing negative about DeMario. And she was never in danger, at least I never witnessed anything bad happening to her … As a woman, I would have been the first person to step in if I thought she was being taken advantage of in the pool with DeMario. She even said hi to me when I walked by them. I feel bad for DeMario. He’s a good guy. He’s sweet and not aggressive one bit. I am sad and disappointed this has happened. We are all shocked.”
Well fam, it looks like we have a classic “he said, she’s lying” case on our hands. This is only going to get uglier.
For what it’s worth, Corinne’s attorney was not having this. “Several cast members and producers have come forward confirming the facts disclosed by my client,” he told E! News. I mean I know I sound like a broken record at this point but we’re just going to have to wait and see how this situation develops, and if the past week has been any indication, boy is it going to develop. Who will
try to extend their 15 minutes speak out next? Raven? That rando Lacey (actually, I’m surprised she hasn’t tried to sell her story yet)? DeMario’s penis? Truly anything can happen in this saga that gets crazier by the day.
Since news broke Sunday night that Bachelor in Paradise was suspending filming, a lot of shit has come out, and none of it sounds good tbh. We’ve heard from a lot of people: DeMario, Corinne, “unnamed contestants” who spoke to PEOPLE… but now, someone close to the incident is releasing an actual statement and not just having his “sources” leaking it to TMZ. That’s right, Chris Harrison released a statement about what happened on Bachelor in Paradise. See, I told you this wouldn’t be the last we heard of this scandal.
It’s a pretty long statement and I know you’re all
ADD at work so I’ll just pick out the most important parts so we all get the gist. #ResponsibleJournalism
His statement begins, “By now, no doubt, you have heard that we have suspended production on this season’s Bachelor in Paradise. I can confirm to you that this is sadly the case. Out of respect to all involved, there’s only so much I can and will say at this time. Normally with a situation like this I would not say anything until the incident is fully resolved, but with all the rumors and misinformation being put out there, I don’t find that to be possible anymore.”
Translation: Normally I’d keep my mouth shut but y’all mothafuckas keep blowing up my phone so I’ve gotta say my piece. (This is how Chris Harrison talks in my head.)
He continues, “An investigation into the situation was started immediately. Warner Bros. is handling the details of that investigation. They’re moving quickly to gather all the facts, and once that’s done, a clear, concise decision can be made about where we go from here.”
Translation: Warner Bros is already on top of it and tryna
minimize blowback from this PR disaster figure out WTF happened, so y’all need to chill tf out with your armchair detective work.
“There are a lot of competing details in the various press accounts of the incident. And there’s a lot of misinformation out there too. We urge everyone to be patient until the investigation is complete.”
Translation: The liberal media is lying to you! Fake news!
“I know in this day and age we want — and even expect — immediate answers, but in this case, it’s just not possible. So again, I urge you to please be patient and respect the privacy of the parties involved.”
Translation: Don’t fucking @ me; Warner Bros. will give you all the info when we damn well feel like giving you all the info.
“We’re sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment this may have caused the cast, the crew and our loyal fans. It is my sincere hope that we can come to a quick resolution on this and get back to work very soon.”
Translation: This shit ain’t never coming back. Sorry Raven, I know you were supposed to be swimming in orgasms in Mexico this summer but it ain’t happening.
So there you have Chris Harrison’s statement. He said a lot without saying much of anything tbh. Guess we’ll just have to wait for this investigation to be completed.